The stockpile of COVID-19 vaccines donated by India earlier this year for UN peacekeepers has run out, a spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said.
Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson for the secretary-general, said at the daily press conference on Friday that the UN had received a donation of 3,000,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the Chinese government. “The donation comes at a very important time, after the stocks of vaccines donated by the Indian government have run out in March of this year,” said Dujarric.
India, one of the largest troop contributors to UN peacekeeping missions, has donated 2,000,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to UN peacekeepers in all UN missions.
The 2,000,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were shipped from India for distribution to UN peacekeepers in March. Foreign Minister S Jaishankar announced in February that India would provide 2,000,000 doses of COVID-19 to UN peacekeepers. “Bearing in mind the UN peacekeepers who are operating under such difficult circumstances, we would like to announce today a gift of 2,000,000 doses for them,” Jaishankar said during the Council’s public debate. Security Council on the implementation of resolution 2532. (2020) on the cessation of hostilities in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The vaccine from China, manufactured by SinoPharm, was placed on the World Health Organization (WHO) emergency use list earlier this year and will be distributed to United Nations personnel and soldiers in the United Nations. peace as part of the United Nations system-wide COVID-19 vaccination program. The donation, including the vaccine’s 18-month shelf life, will allow the program to continue and support UN efforts to reach all UN staff, peacekeepers and implementing partners. implementers that have remained to fulfill our critical mandates throughout this pandemic, ”said Dujarric.
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